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I am a big fan of hitting used book stores. There is one near us that just recently that is all donation. You pay what you can/want. We also keep an eye out for library sales. Some bigger ones even have permanent stores. Kalamazoo's is really nice.

I use Powell's web site, but if I have time, browsing at Powell's in Portland is a treat. It's 3 floors on one city block. Used books are shelved along with new, although most are used, and Amazon has better prices on new.

When we finish with a box of books, we bring them to be resold to Powell's.

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I use Powell's web site, but if I have time, browsing at Powell's in Portland is a treat. It's 3 floors on one city block. Used books are shelved along with new, although most are used, and Amazon has better prices on new.

When we finish with a box of books, we bring them to be resold to Powell's.

That would be great! I would have to put my wife on a time limit.

This is a good site to find used books as well AbeBooks Official Site - New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books.

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This is a good site to find used books as well AbeBooks Official Site - New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books.

I did a quick check on that site for Neal Asher books, and it had the same ones I have been able to get from Powell's. There are lots of Neal Asher books which neither sites have listed. Anyone know another source for used books which might have a greater selection of Neal Asher books?

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I use Powell's web site, but if I have time, browsing at Powell's in Portland is a treat. It's 3 floors on one city block. Used books are shelved along with new, although most are used, and Amazon has better prices on new.

When we finish with a box of books, we bring them to be resold to Powell's.

Powell's is a must stop at when visiting Portland, along with the 24 Hour Church of Elvis.

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I did a quick check on that site for Neal Asher books, and it had the same ones I have been able to get from Powell's. There are lots of Neal Asher books which neither sites have listed. Anyone know another source for used books which might have a greater selection of Neal Asher books?

I looked at the Powell's Chicago site and they seem to be part of the Abe Network. Not sure how close the ties are of the Chicago and Portland Powell's are, though.

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Powell's Portland is Powells.com, while the Chicago store, which appears to be unaffiliated, is powellschicago.com. When you order used books from Powell's Portland, there is a few day delay because they are in the process of gathering the books from their branches around the area. If I order 16 books, like I did yesterday, by the time they ship it will be about 14 books, because they will have discovered they didn't have two of them.

When I make an order, I have two browser windows open. I can get better information about books at Amazon, so if the description is inadequate on Powell's site, I use another site or the author's site. I don't like to order used books through Amazon because each one is from a different source, and charges shipping separately. When I order from Powell's, shipping is free on orders of over $50.

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Completed Christine Falls by Benjamin Black recently. Black is the pen name of John Banville, an Irish novelist. Apparently, he decided to use a different name for what is sort of a mystery novel. The novel is set in Ireland and Boston in the 50's.

It is a elegantly written book, but as I read it I can't say I looked forward to picking it up each day. It's dark, much like a lot of British crime fiction. In nearly every situation, the characters smell an offputting smell, or have a sour taste in their mouth, or a headache, or all of the above. The skies are always grey and the weather is always cold and damp. There are no ordinary characters who live peaceful, uneventful lives. Nearly every character is tormented or troubled by secrets and sins from the past.

If you like this sort of thing, go for it.

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Just finished the first book of King's "The Dark Tower" series.

As usual, excellent writing from King. Great story. I'm glad I waited until now to read the series. I don't have to wait a year or two for the next one. "The Drawing of the Three" is right in my grubby little hands!

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I have read a fair amount about the Revolutionary War, and a lot about WWII. I have read almost nothing about the Civil War. I'd like to read a book that covers the whole war, kind of an overview. Any Civil War buffs out there?

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I am currently reading one of the best books that I've read in quite a while.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Set in 1962 Mississippi. Dealing with racism.

Reminds me of Hillary Jordan's "Mudbound". Another great book.

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I have read a fair amount about the Revolutionary War, and a lot about WWII. I have read almost nothing about the Civil War. I'd like to read a book that covers the whole war, kind of an overview. Any Civil War buffs out there?

For sure read Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson if you have the time and want to sink your teeth into the era. He won the Pullitzer for it. Bear in mind it's 950 pages though. Just last week I read McPherson's Tried By War, a shorter and specific more book at 250 pages, looking at Lincoln as commander-in-chief.

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For sure read Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson if you have the time and want to sink your teeth into the era. He won the Pullitzer for it. Bear in mind it's 950 pages though. Just last week I read McPherson's Tried By War, a shorter and specific more book at 250 pages, looking at Lincoln as commander-in-chief.

Thanks, I'll check it out. 950 pages is a good thing if the writer holds my interest.

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Reading David Byrne's "Bicycle Diaries." Yes, the same Byrne from Talking Heads.

DavidByrne.com - Bicycle Diaries

Excellent stuff so far. He recounts his visits to particular cities he has visited and uses his primary form of personal transportation, his folding bicycle, as a guide around them to discuss various aspects of each city. His comments on Detroit are short and not surprising. He just speaks of the total devastation that one can witness in the downtown core. He recommends the ride through Detroit as a must see actually. The link is best when it comes to detailing the book properly.

What are YOU reading?

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Just finished this as the semester ended. Very intense read, but well worth it. I'd recommend it 100%.

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For sure read Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson if you have the time and want to sink your teeth into the era. He won the Pullitzer for it. Bear in mind it's 950 pages though. Just last week I read McPherson's Tried By War, a shorter and specific more book at 250 pages, looking at Lincoln as commander-in-chief.

Asked for and got this book for Christmas. It's going to take a while, but am enjoying it thoroughly.

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Asked for and got this book for Christmas. It's going to take a while, but am enjoying it thoroughly.

Great!

As for me, I typically read non-fiction over fiction at a ratio of around 3:1, but the Christmas season is a time when I enjoy relaxing with fiction. In the past 10 days or so I've read three: 1) Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (author of Atonement); 2) Open by Lisa Moore, a set of short stories by a Newfoundland woman - good imagery but more chick lit than I usually read; and 3) The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, probably the most celebrated Canadian novel of the decade, winner of the Booker Prize a few years ago, a tall tale with religious overtones, about a zookeeper's son who gets trapped at sea aboard a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after the cargo ship Pi's family was emigrating to Canada from India on sank.

I'm now reading my first ever book on Kindle's iPhone App. "Grand River & Joy" by Susan Messer, about rising racial tensions in a Detroit neighbourhood one hot summer of the mid-60s.

Amazon.com: Grand River and Joy (Sweetwater Fiction: Originals) (9780472116997): Susan Messer: Books

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Just got through with Robert Crais' "The First Rule".

One of the better Joe Pike/Elvis Cole books.

Very entertaining.

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Two must reads from what i've been into lately:

Nine Kinds of Naked - by Tony Vigorito

Just a Couple of Days - by Tony Vigorito

Also read a book by Bill Bryson about the life of Shakespeare and how little we know!

All good books - in kind of a slump right now with my last Amazon order

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If there is anyone out there interested in American History,especially about the west, I strongly recommend a book I just finished entitled:THE LAST STAND by Nathaniel Philbrick. It's about Custer,Sitting Bull, and the Battle Of The Little Bighorn.

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Just got through with Robert Crais' "The First Rule".

One of the better Joe Pike/Elvis Cole books.

Very entertaining.

I've read a couple of them, but I don't know how many there are or what the sequence should be. Any recommendations?

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I am currently reading "Sh*t My Dad Says" by Justin Halpern.

I have never laughed so hard reading a book.

Funny stuff.

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Yay, a book thread! I was just wondering about this very topic the other day. I've read in the last two weeks or so:

The Bullpen Gospels, Dirk Hayhurst - A (highly recommended)

Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, Josh Hamilton with Tim Keown - B+ (surprised to enjoy this as much as I did, all things considered)

House of Reckoning, John Saul - C

Perfect Nightmare, John Saul - C

I'm currently reading The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver, and I just bought Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, which looks interesting.

I tend to read trashy mystery and horror novels during the summer because they go down quickly and easily. John Saul is a guilty pleasure of mine. :ermm:

Triple post! Awesome!

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There was a thread a few years back about book recommendations. I recommended books by Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis, and was promptly called a psycho (more or less). Seriously though, they are good writers. Just bought Palahniuk's new book 'Pygmy' earlier today actually, and I look forward to reading it tomorrow.

Two of my favorite authors. Someone called you a psycho? :cry:

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I have not seen ONE bad review about "The Bullpen Gospels." I flipped through it at the bookstore a few months ago and it looked juvenile, but I am clearly wrong and will pick it up immediately tomorrow. I might go looking for Ron Darling's book also and a few other baseball books.

I might get started on Lee's book soon as well. It's about time.

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